Duo pi­anists to visit Aca­dia Univer­sity

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - WOLFVILLE

Duo Fortin-poirier, fea­tur­ing pi­anists Amélie Fortin and Mariechris­tine Poirier, have been her­alded as one of the most promis­ing pi­ano duos of its gen­er­a­tion. They will be in Wolfville Feb. 19.

Both grad­u­ates of the Univer­sité de Mon­tréal un­der the di­rec­tion of Jean-eu­des Vail­lan­court and Paul Ste­wart, th­ese two pi­anists won sev­eral awards and grants in­di­vid­u­ally be­fore mak­ing their de­but as duet­tists in 2005.

It was not long af­ter that the nat­u­ral con­nec­tion be­tween th­ese two artists would lead them to be­come an ex­traor­di­nar­ily pow­er­ful en­sem­ble. Their com­ple­ment­ing artis­tic in­tu­ition, ex­plo­sive play­ing style and dy­namic per­for­mances have been catch­ing the at­ten­tion of au­di­ences and crit­ics alike.

Since its cre­ation, the Duo Fortin-poirier has given many con­certs in Canada as well as abroad. The two pi­anists have been awarded grants from the Of­fice Franco-québé­cois pour la Je­unesse (2005), the Con­seil des Arts et Let­tres du Québec (20092010), the Canada Coun­cil for the Arts (2011-2013), and have won nu­mer­ous prizes in­clud­ing First Prize at the Con­cours de Musique Cler­mont-pépin, the Fes­ti­val de Musique du Roy­aume as well as the Canada Music Com­pe­ti­tion.

At the in­ter­na­tional level, they were fi­nal­ists in the Con­cours In­ter­na­tional de Pi­ano à 4 mains de Val­berg (France, 2009) and in the Liszt 200 Chicago In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Duos Com­pe­ti­tion. Their bril­liant in­ter­pre­ta­tion of John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances also awarded them a spe­cial men­tion from the jury at the pres­ti­gious Con­cours Grieg – In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion in Oslo. Re­cently, they won the se­cond prize at the Roma In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion in 2013.

Very ac­tive on the Cana­dian scene, Fortin and Poirier cre­ated the Vingts doigts et un pi­ano con­cert in 2008 and they have since per­formed it in ev­ery cor­ner of Quebec. It was ac­tu­ally the first clas­si­cal con­cert se­lected to take part in the En­trées en Scène Lo­to­québec for the 2013-2014 sea­son.

Other high­lights in­clude an ap­pear­ance at the pres­ti­gious Lanaudière Fes­ti­val. In ad­di­tion, Duo Fortin-poirier was se­lected by both De­but At­lantic and Prairie De­but to tour in the 2016-17 sea­son and will tour on the west coast of the United States in April of 2017.

The duo’s first CD, Vingt doigts et un pi­ano, was re­leased in 2013, and can be heard on Ici Ra­dio-canada Pre­mière, Es­pace Musique and Ra­dio Clas­sique Mon­treal and Quebec.

Their 2 p.m. Wolfville con­cert will in­clude works by Poulenc, Grieg, Liszt and Samuel Bar­ber.

SUB­MIT­TED

Amélie Fortin and Marie-christine Poirier will dis­play their pi­ano stylings on Feb. 19 in the Sun­day Music in the Gar­den Room se­ries at Aca­dia Univer­sity.

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